Beyond Salsa Piano is a history and anthology of the role of the piano in the Cuban rhythm section – from its first appearance to the present. In a broader sense, it’s a study of the tumbao – the art of creating music from layers of repeating rhythmic and melodic phrases. Whether these syncopated figures are called tumbaos, guajeos, montunos, riffs or vamps, this Afro-Cuban concept lies at the heart of nearly every popular music genre from salsa to rock , funk, R&B, hiphop and jazz.

While presented as a set of method books, the series doubles as a history course and record collecting guide for listeners, dancers, and players of instruments other than the piano.

Perhaps the most important goal of the series is to provide a comprehensive understanding of how tumbaos are constructed, their central role in the texture of Latin music of all eras, and the endless possibilities they provide for creative composing and arranging.
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Masters of Cuban Son

Artist:   Conjunto Progreso

Style Released Album Tracks Charts
Son 2004 10 0


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# Name Play Time Info
01  Bilongo
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6:22 burnng piano solo, kikiribú mandinga
02  Dale Tumba
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3:35 es mi cuerpo,cintura, tambores o cencerros?
03  El Cuarto De Tula
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7:42 candela.....yo te traigo candela
04  El Paralitico
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4:08 baila el son con la muleta
05  Casa De La Trova
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6:29 a la casa de la trova te voy a llevar
06  El Son Y Lo Que Son
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4:06 nice muted trumpet solos
07  Lagrimas Negras (Live)
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13:33 mi son cubano te estoy cantanto
08  Yo Soy Del Monte
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4:06 sembrando yuca y maiz
09  Maria Cristina
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2:53 me quiere gobernar
10  Ahora Me Das Pena (Live)
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9:22 yo nací allá en Siboney en la provincia de Oriente
Masters of Cuban Son, nominated for a 2005 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Tropical Latin Album.

Since their inception in 1999, the traditional Cuban Son ensemble Conjunto Progreso has taken audiences back in time to the nostalgic era of early Cuban popular music. Cofounded by percussionist Johnny Aguilo and tresero, Jose Elias, the group known as “the Buena Vista Social Club of America” started out as a humble quartet and has since grown into a nine-member orchestra. Through the years, Conjunto Progreso has featured an array of legendary musicians including congero Luis Miranda; an original mainstay of the Machito Orchestra, bassist Eddie “Gua Gua” Rivera of the renowned group Batacumbele, trumpeter Feliciano “Pachu” Gomez who has worked with Cachao, the Roberto Faz and Riverside Orchestras respectfully, and Lazaro “Tato” Alfonso, the original conga and bata drum player of Irakere. Ten talented Cubans can sure make a lotta good noise, especially when it comes to something as natural as their own island son.

 Masters of cuban son - album credits
John Aguilo Maracas, Vocals, Vocals (Background), Guiro, Producer
Al Perez Cover Photo
Miguel Gomez Bass, Vocals (Background)
Juan Carlos Márquez Trumpet, Claves, Vocals (Background)
Conjunto Progreso Main Performer